• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 6. CONFIGURING PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKS > Combining Linux and Windows

Combining Linux and Windows

Because peer-to-peer networks provide a way to connect a few computers together on "the cheap," we should also take a quick look at how Linux can fit into a Windows peer network. Linux is becoming an inexpensive alternative to other desktop operating systems (and also in the network operating system arena). This is particularly due to the fact that a number of Linux flavors can actually be downloaded from the Internet for free.

Linux-based computers can be made a part of a Windows workgroup by configuring an add-on program on the Linux computers called Samba. Samba derives its name from SMB or Server Message Block. SMB is an important part of the NetBIOS/NetBEUI protocol stack (which we discussed in Chapter 5) and supplies the data blocks that make requests between client and server or between peers on a Microsoft network.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint